Violence Against Women
The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 is set to expire on September 30 unless it is reauthorized, leaving only 11 legislative days to achieve this. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18) has introduced the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2018, which reauthorizes funding for VAWA’s existing programs and also deals with a wide range of issues, such as the treatment of pregnant women in prison, keeping guns from domestic abusers, and the protection of native women. This bill has been co-sponsored by 136 Democrats, but although the idea of reauthorization has received bipartisan support in the past, no Republicans have co-sponsored Jackson’s bill.
If your MoC is a Republican, contact them and ask them why they have not co-sponsored the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2018, H.R. 6545, and urge them to support this bill and make sure it gets passed before September 30. If your MoC is a Democrat, contact them and ask them to talk to their colleagues across the aisle and get support for the legislation.